- Q.It sometimes takes
me forever to level the base for my builder’s level. Any
A.Clayton DeKorne responds: A lot
depends on the speed of the vials and the thread of the
leveling screws. Leveling a cheap instrument with slow vials
and coarse leveling screws can be maddening. Even so, following
this basic procedure each time can help:
Rough-level the tripod.If you’re
setting up on a slope, place two legs of the tripod on the downhill side,
and the remaining leg on the uphill side. The table of the tripod can
quickly be "eyeballed" level by repositioning the uphill
Set base. Before you
begin leveling the scope, make sure the thumb wheels on the
leveling base are centered on the threads of each leveling
Rule of thumb. To level the scope,
start by turning the scope over one pair of leveling screws.
Turn both thumb wheels in opposite directions at the same time
(your thumbs should move toward or away from each other).
The bubble moves in the same direction as your left thumb.
Next, turn the scope until it lines up over the next pair of
leveling screws, and level the scope, again turning both thumb
wheels at the same time. Make a final check, rotating the scope
over each leveling point to make sure the bubble remains